- Quarantine infested pets.
- Collect all bedding, rugs and throws and wash them in soapy water. Soapy water is known to kill the eggs, larvae, pupae and adults.
- Vacuum everything. All furniture, carpets, cracks in the floor, bare floors, corners, behind doors, and anywhere else that dust collects. This will pick up most of the eggs, but larvae will latch onto carpet fibers and stick around. After vacuuming, immediately dispose of the vacuum bag outside to prevent escaping of larvae
- The remaining flea larvae can be dealt with by having the carpets steam-cleaned (the steam will kill every stage of flea except eggs). Make sure you warn the cleaners about the fleas and remove infested animals.
Warm temperatures are ideal for flea reproduction and development. Flea control is, therefore, more difficult in warmer climates where their entire reproductive cycle may be completed in just two weeks. Fleas are parasites that feed on the blood of any warm-blooded body. Flea bites can result in painful, itchy red bumps. Fleas are also the most common transmitter of the rare bubonic plague.
The most important step in controlling fleas is to have your pet(s) treated and/or wild or stray animals removed. Once your pet has been treated and/or wild animals removed, Kilpex will provide instructions in how to prepare your property before the treatment. Flea infestations require a comprehensive plan that should include both chemical and physical treatments around your home. Treating the areas where activity is found isn’t enough to eliminate the problem; you must also treat your carpets, furniture, and bedding. Keeping fleas away is not a one-time event — it is a process.
Once Kilpex assesses the infestation, we will provide an effective treatment to specific locations. To eliminate any potential infestation sites, your whole home should be treated. Keep in mind that controlling flea infestations is difficult and may require additional visits, especially if you have pets. Kilpex will discuss additional treatments with you, as well as give you advice on prevention practices and yard care to help minimize flea infestations from returning.